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Great Lakes ADA Center The Great Lakes ADA Center provides information, guidance & training on the ADA. Great Lakes ADA Center is a member the ADA National Network.

The ADA National Network consists of ten Regional ADA National Network Centers located throughout the United States that provides personalized, local assistance to ensure that the ADA is implemented wherever possible. We are not an enforcement or regulatory agency, but a helpful resource supporting the ADA’s mission to “make it possible for everyone with a disability to live a life of freedom and equality.”

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In case you missed it, our ADA Audio webinar, "Social Media Management: Accessibility Basics", is available to view as a...
01/27/2023

In case you missed it, our ADA Audio webinar, "Social Media Management: Accessibility Basics", is available to view as an archive. This webinar covers how to create & publish content for social media in an accessible manner.
View archive: https://bit.ly/3c35Yw7

January is Braille Literacy Month! Did you know that braille is not a language? It is a code by which many languages may...
01/26/2023
What Is Braille?

January is Braille Literacy Month! Did you know that braille is not a language? It is a code by which many languages may be written and read. Learn more about braille by visiting: https://bit.ly/3mHsJbg

Braille is a system of raised dots that can be read with the fingers by people who are blind or who have low vision. Teachers, parents, and others who are not visually impaired ordinarily read braille with their eyes. Braille is not a language. Rather, it is a code by which many languages—such as ...

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has revised its technical assistance document, "Hearing Disabili...
01/25/2023

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has revised its technical assistance document, "Hearing Disabilities in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act". This document provides information on how the ADA applies to job applicants and employees with hearing disabilities. Check out the new updates: https://bit.ly/404Y1hh

Register for our upcoming AccessbilityOnline session, "Accessible Retail Spaces and Restaurants". This webinar session w...
01/25/2023

Register for our upcoming AccessbilityOnline session, "Accessible Retail Spaces and Restaurants". This webinar session will provide an overview of the ADA and ABA accessibility requirements for parking, entrances, food service lines, dressing and fitting rooms, fixed dining surfaces, sales/service counters, and more.
Date: Thursday, February 2, 2023
Register: https://bit.ly/3XoXjJT

Be an Ally for People with Disabilities in the Winter!“I think people don’t realize how dangerous winter can be for peop...
01/24/2023
Be an Ally for People with Disabilities in the Winter  - A Healthier Michigan

Be an Ally for People with Disabilities in the Winter!
“I think people don’t realize how dangerous winter can be for people with disabilities trying to move down the sidewalk. There have been times where I haven’t been able to control my wheelchair on a slight hill because it’s so icy,” said Lucia Rios, an expert in ADA standards for accessible design.
Read more: https://bit.ly/3yoSXGM

Something as simple as entering a building can be downright dangerous for someone with a physical disability or other mobility issues.

Register for our upcoming Accessible Technology webinar, "Creating Inclusive Virtual Apprenticeship Programs and More Ac...
01/23/2023

Register for our upcoming Accessible Technology webinar, "Creating Inclusive Virtual Apprenticeship Programs and More Accessible Workplaces" with guest speakers from Partnership on Inclusive Apprenticeship (PIA) and Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT).
Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Register: https://bit.ly/3XxXgvt

The Great Lakes ADA Center celebrates Ed Roberts Day. Roberts was both an advocate and an activist. He was a pioneer in ...
01/23/2023

The Great Lakes ADA Center celebrates Ed Roberts Day. Roberts was both an advocate and an activist. He was a pioneer in the Disability Rights Movement and the father of the Independent Living Movement. Learn more at: https://bit.ly/3J9mZ9a

In case you missed it, our ADA Audio session titled "Accessible Technology on Smartphones & Tablets for users that are B...
01/20/2023

In case you missed it, our ADA Audio session titled "Accessible Technology on Smartphones & Tablets for users that are Blind and Low Vision" is available to view as an archive. In this session, speakers highlighted mobile apps used by persons who are blind or have low vision.
Check out the archive at: https://bit.ly/3fzPsVr

January 20th is the International Day of Acceptance! This is a day dedicated to social acceptance of disability and to h...
01/20/2023

January 20th is the International Day of Acceptance! This is a day dedicated to social acceptance of disability and to honor Annie Hopkins, founder of 3E Love and creator of the International Symbol of Acceptance. Learn more at: www.3elove.com

People with disabilities can save more money without jeopardizing eligibility for government benefits thanks to a change...
01/19/2023

People with disabilities can save more money without jeopardizing eligibility for government benefits thanks to a change in tax rules for the new year. Starting this month, the federal gift tax exclusion increases from $16,000 to $17,000 annually, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Learn more at: https://acl.gov/news-and-events/news/irs-increases-limit-able-accounts

Check out "Blindness and Vision Impairments in the Workplace and the ADA" from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Com...
01/18/2023

Check out "Blindness and Vision Impairments in the Workplace and the ADA" from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to learn about how the ADA applies to job applicants and employees with vision impairments.
Visit: https://bit.ly/34e2V2S

Register for our upcoming Section 508 webinar, "Strengthening and maturing accessibility training and testing programs w...
01/17/2023

Register for our upcoming Section 508 webinar, "Strengthening and maturing accessibility training and testing programs within the federal government". This session is intended for federal employees who are responsible for those training and testing programs.
Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET
Register: https://bit.ly/3IUX4lf

The Great Lakes ADA Center celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Check out "Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King & the Disabili...
01/16/2023

The Great Lakes ADA Center celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Check out "Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King & the Disability Rights Movement" from Independence Care System to learn about how Martin Luther King influenced the Disability Rights movement. Visit https://bit.ly/33uFNNe

Did you know? The Great Lakes ADA Center provides information, guidance, and training on how to implement the Americans ...
01/15/2023

Did you know? The Great Lakes ADA Center provides information, guidance, and training on how to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Contact us at 1-800-949-4232, or at www.adagreatlakes.org.

In case you missed it, our Ask an ADA Professional session regarding Parking and the ADA is available to view as an arch...
01/13/2023

In case you missed it, our Ask an ADA Professional session regarding Parking and the ADA is available to view as an archive. During this session, individuals had the opportunity to ask ADA Professionals questions about accessible parking. Check out this example of an inaccessible parking space. View the archive at: https://bit.ly/3GCiPnb

To retain skilled workers, including those with disabilities, organizations must foster an inclusive workplace. Policies...
01/13/2023
Retain

To retain skilled workers, including those with disabilities, organizations must foster an inclusive workplace. Policies and best practices to promote disability inclusion and help retain disabled employees include providing reasonable accommodations, offering mentoring opportunities and performance coaching and management. Check out Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion for more information to help employers keep valuable employees. Visit:

Disability inclusion is about more than hiring; it also means taking steps to retain the talents of valued employees with disabilities

In honor of National Bath Safety Month, check out "Guide to the ADA Accessibility Standards: Chapter 6- Bathing Rooms" f...
01/12/2023
U.S. Access Board - Chapter 6: Bathing Rooms

In honor of National Bath Safety Month, check out "Guide to the ADA Accessibility Standards: Chapter 6- Bathing Rooms" from the United States Access Board to learn more about safe and accessible bathing rooms.
To learn more, visit: https://bit.ly/3mptyIg

The U.S. Access Board is a federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards for the built environment, transportation, communication, medical diagnostic equipment, and information....

Check out "Signs", an animated video from the U.S. Access Board demonstrating signs that are accessible to people with d...
01/11/2023
Signs

Check out "Signs", an animated video from the U.S. Access Board demonstrating signs that are accessible to people with disabilities according to accessibility standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the American Barriers Act (ABA).
Visit: https://youtu.be/nyo-fGgwWQo

Demonstration of signs that are accessible to people with disabilities according to accessibility standards issued under the American with Disabilities Act (...

Register for our upcoming ADA Legal session, "Access to healthcare and the ADA: A review of the case law". This webinar ...
01/10/2023

Register for our upcoming ADA Legal session, "Access to healthcare and the ADA: A review of the case law". This webinar will review how court decisions and settlement agreements have impacted the ADA’s application to healthcare.
Date: January 18, 2023
Register: https://bit.ly/3YBRQ3s

You don't want to miss this upcoming U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission public hearing to discuss the civil ri...
01/10/2023

You don't want to miss this upcoming U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission public hearing to discuss the civil rights implications of AI and other automated systems on America’s workers and job seekers on January 31st.
Register: https://eeoc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/5116728644476/WN_EcRoJVBmSU2Ey9nuQXe-7w?fbclid=IwAR1lZQQ69RbOVA4Tt0Z9BYIfoTEnikrrrWNJGn27qMXTRGhiRdQ9G4NcL8g

Register to join EEOC on January 31 for a discussion on the civil rights implications of AI and other automated systems on America’s workers and job seekers.

Increasingly, automated systems, like AI, are being used to make employment decisions including recruiting, hiring, managing, and firing workers. These technologies, some as simple as automated resume scanners, can encode harmful biases and result in unlawful discrimination.

To register: https://eeoc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/5116728644476/WN_EcRoJVBmSU2Ey9nuQXe-7w

Register for our upcoming ADA Audio Conference webinar, "Overview of the Public Vocational Rehabilitation Program: Eligi...
01/09/2023

Register for our upcoming ADA Audio Conference webinar, "Overview of the Public Vocational Rehabilitation Program: Eligibility, Services, and Career Planning for Job Seekers with Disabilities".
This presentation will include a summary of the legislative history that governs the VR program, provide individuals and families with information about how and where to apply for services, and offer businesses seeking qualified candidates recommendations on how to access resources.
Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Register: https://bit.ly/3FAnxBu

Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to perform a task or take a speci...
01/08/2023

Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to perform a task or take a specific action to assist a person with a disability. The task(s) must be directly related to the person’s disability.
Questions? Contact us at 1-800-949-4232 or visit adagreatlakes.org

In case you missed it, our Arts-N-Rec webinar titled "Accessible Moviegoing" is available to view as an archive. This se...
01/06/2023

In case you missed it, our Arts-N-Rec webinar titled "Accessible Moviegoing" is available to view as an archive. This session features guest speakers from the Prospector Theater.
View the archive at: https://bit.ly/3VdWlhB

Check out "Accommodation and Compliance: Blindness" from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) to learn about Blindness an...
01/05/2023
Blindness

Check out "Accommodation and Compliance: Blindness" from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) to learn about Blindness and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Visit: https://bit.ly/3v6kv36

Accommodation and Compliance: Blindness

Today the Great Lakes Center celebrates World Braille Day. This day is observed in order to raise awareness of the impor...
01/04/2023

Today the Great Lakes Center celebrates World Braille Day. This day is observed in order to raise awareness of the importance of Braille as a critical means of communication for persons that are blind and partially sighted. Learn more at:
https://bit.ly/3n4cLbt

Register for our upcoming session of Ask an ADA Professional questions regarding Parking and the ADA. During this sessio...
01/03/2023

Register for our upcoming session of Ask an ADA Professional questions regarding Parking and the ADA. During this session, individuals will have the opportunity to ask ADA professionals questions about accessible parking.
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Register: https://bit.ly/3W1vmqV

Happy New Year from the Great Lakes ADA Center!
01/01/2023

Happy New Year from the Great Lakes ADA Center!

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) office of inclusion has released its disability guide, a three-part ...
12/31/2022

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) office of inclusion has released its disability guide, a three-part resource to use in supporting student-athletes with disabilities.
The disability guide features resources on "Defining Disability," "Language Can Impact How Your Athletes Perform" and "Access and Accommodations for Student-Athletes With Disabilities".
Learn more at: https://bit.ly/3PLSBmr

In case you missed it, our ADA Audio session titled "ADA Enforcement and Steps You Can Take Before You File an ADA Compl...
12/30/2022

In case you missed it, our ADA Audio session titled "ADA Enforcement and Steps You Can Take Before You File an ADA Complaint" is available to view as an archive.
View archive at: https://bit.ly/3v3sWMA

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with d...
12/29/2022

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.
Learn more at: https://bit.ly/2Yiua7U

Register for our upcoming AccessbilityOnline session, "Accessible Detention and Correctional Facilities". This webinar s...
12/28/2022

Register for our upcoming AccessbilityOnline session, "Accessible Detention and Correctional Facilities". This webinar session will provide an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) & Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) accessibility requirements for detention and correctional facilities.
Date: Thursday, January 5, 2023
Register: https://bit.ly/3YrPALT

Be an Ally for People with Disabilities in the Winter“I think people don’t realize how dangerous winter can be for peopl...
12/27/2022
Be an Ally for People with Disabilities in the Winter  - A Healthier Michigan

Be an Ally for People with Disabilities in the Winter
“I think people don’t realize how dangerous winter can be for people with disabilities trying to move down the sidewalk. There have been times where I haven’t been able to control my wheelchair on a slight hill because it’s so icy,” said Lucia Rios, an expert in ADA standards for accessible design.
Read more: https://bit.ly/3yoSXGM

Something as simple as entering a building can be downright dangerous for someone with a physical disability or other mobility issues.

Happy holidays from the Great Lakes ADA Center!
12/25/2022

Happy holidays from the Great Lakes ADA Center!

Participate in a 1-hour virtual focus group and receive a $50 gift card!Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is ...
12/24/2022

Participate in a 1-hour virtual focus group and receive a $50 gift card!
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is recruiting participants for a nationwide study to understand how people engage with public agencies online!
Focus groups will take place in early 2023 and will be scheduled based on participant availability.
Follow the link below to sign up, and message us for more information!
https://tinyurl.com/VPI-Focusgroup

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx®) Tech program...
12/23/2022

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx®) Tech program has released "Best Practices for the Design of Accessible COVID-19 Home Tests", a document that covers topics on accessible packaging and instructions of test kits, assistive technology compatibility, and user interface features. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3BVBEAq

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ADA Litigation & Digital Accessibility
Wed. May 18, 11:00am-12:30pm PT
When the ADA was enacted in 1990, the internet wasn't important to people’s lives. Now courts are grappling with how the ADA applies to the digital realm. A free webinar from the ADA National Network, Great Lakes ADA Center and Southwest ADA Center
Info & register: http://ow.ly/8msH50J1P8g
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Next Wednesday (5/18, 2-3:30 pm ET) the Great Lakes ADA Center will host a free webinar, "ADA Litigation and Digital Accessibility" as part of their Legal webinar series. Free but registration required, see link below.
The U.S. Access Board’s webinar on website accessibility was last week, and the webinar recording and presentation materials are now available in the archives. This webinar reviewed what web accessibility is, how people with disabilities use the web, how to quickly identify accessibility barriers, and what are some simple solutions. It clarified common sources of confusion about web accessibility and provided key resources for learning more about website accessibility. This webinar included video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning. The webinar series is hosted by the ADA National Network and Great Lakes ADA Center in cooperation with the Board. Other archived copies of previous Board webinars are also available on the site.



Next Tuesday (5/17, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET)the Great Lakes ADA Center will host a free webinar, "The ADA in Small Cities and Towns." Free but registration required.
New issue of the online newsletter from Great Lakes ADA Center is available.
Let’s get swinging on the fairways and greens! People with disabilities enjoy playing a round of golf or putt-putt during the summertime. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards address the design and construction of golf and miniature golf courses for accessibility. The next webinar in the U.S. Access Board's free monthly series will take place June 2 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and will review the scoping and technical requirements for making golf and miniature golf facilities accessible. Board staff Bill Botten and Juliet Shoultz will review provisions for teeing grounds, putting greens, driving ranges, course weather shelters, golf car rental areas, bag drop areas, course toilet rooms, playing surfaces, start of play areas, and the golf club reach range.

Visit Great Lakes ADA Center's website for more information or to register. All webinars include video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning. Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live webinar. Webinar attendees can earn continuing education credits. The webinar series is hosted by the ADA National Network in cooperation with the Board. Archived copies of previous Board webinars are available on the site.



Major anniversary of the disability rights movement! Check out this great infographic from our friends at the Great Lakes ADA Center!
Nuestros amigos Great Lakes ADA Center y ADA National Network están organizando un webinar sobre la en y pequeños http://ow.ly/saLq50J2WXO en inglés
Great Lakes ADA Center has a great ADA tip post to commemorate Mental Health Awareness Month.
A new from Great Lakes ADA Center.
Check out Great Lakes ADA Center's next session of their Arts-n-Rec webinar series! The Arts-n-Rec Webinar Series is designed to enhance an individual’s knowledge on ADA issues addressing the arts world (e.g., performance, museums, zoos, exhibitions, concerts, fairs, etc.) and indoor and outdoor recreation activities (e.g., sports, camps and classes, fishing, hiking, camping, races/marathons, etc.).
Learn more at: https://www.accessibilityonline.org/arts-n-rec/
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